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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 3

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP is known for its expertise in regulated sectors, but represents clients in a range of areas, including advertising, TMT, life sciences, healthcare and consumer goods. The firm has a strong supplier and customer-side client base, as well as acting on matters arising from international transactions. IT and IP specialist Paul Hinton has particular expertise in advising financial services companies on complex IT projects. He leads the team with Paul O’Hare, who is head of the outsourcing practice and advises on complex and transformational technology projects. Also recommended is outsourcing and technology expert Andrew Joint.

Practice head(s):Paul Hinton; Paul O’Hare

Other key lawyers:Andrew Joint

Testimonials

'They are highly skilled IT lawyers with a number who understand the underlying technology'

'Great expertise in contract, deal and corporate law with a particularly strong knowledgebase in e-commerce and travel'

'Kemp Little act like internal counsel, in that they are actively aware of the business' status, pressures and needs'

'They are contactable at any time'

'Andrew Joint is open, collaborative and client focused. He takes a reasonable approach to negotiations which creates a good atmosphere in which to strike the best deal for both parties'

Key Clients

Philip Morris International

ParkBee Media

Flit Technologies (Karhoo)

Seven League Limited

Farfetch

Brainbox Digital Limited

Deloitte

Principality Building Society

Prudential (UK) Limited

Reckitt Benckiser

Dealogic

Sony Corporation

Target Group Limited

InLink Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised InLink, a joint venture between Primesight and Intersection, on its strategic outsourcing with BT.
  • Advised Sony Europe in High Court proceedings against Adecco.
  • Advised Google on several commercial contract matters.
  • Advised Deloitte on the establishment of its "Re:Store" proposition, including the drafting and negotiation of various contractual agreements.
  • Advised Farfetch on its contractual arrangements for advertising, logistics and support services, payment systems, customer relationship management technologies, cloud hosting and email marketing.

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory - ranked: tier 6

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP focuses on financial regulation at the intersection between technology and the financial sector. Areas of expertise include fintech, cryptocurrency, blockchain and payments. The firm also has experience in the insurance space, providing a niche practice in insurtech. The team is led by technology expert Jacob Ghanty and was strengthened by the arrival of John Drabble from ACA Compliance in 2019, who specialises in regulatory compliance in the technology area.

Practice head(s):Jacob Ghanty

Other key lawyers:John Drabble

Testimonials

'Kemp Little is very easy to deal with'

'Always very responsive'

Key Clients

Nesta Enterprises Limited

FleetcorTechnologies/AllstarBusiness Solutions

Xero 2 NoFlux Systems Limited

GP Bullhound

Lloyd’s of London

Project Imagine

PayPoint Plc

Jordan International Bank

Cube Intelligence Limited

Work highlights

  • Appointed as sole legal adviser to Stage 2 of Nesta’s open banking-focused Open Up Challenge.
  • AI-enabled advice for PayPoint Payment Services on the implementation of GDPR.
  • Advising fintech challenger bank Dozens on a range of regulatory issues
  • Advice Jordan International Bank on the SMCR and other regulatory matters.
  • Advised capital markets software provider Murex on ringfencing-related negotiations.

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 1

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP specialises in corporate M&A for technology sector and digital businesses. Its clients range from global technology corporations to private equity funds, in addition to fast growth initial stage businesses. Over the past year, the firm has been involved in transactions in the financial services technology, manufacturing, advertising technology and consumer and professional services software spaces. Charles Claisse heads the team, and is noted for his experience in international M&A, including between the UK and US.

Practice head(s):Charles Claisse

Other key lawyers:Andy Moseby; Deborah Angel

Testimonials

'A great commercial approach coupled with a deep understanding of their client'

'Very responsive, commercial and take a long term outlook

'Incredibly diligent and pragmatic. Charles Claisse is always on hand for insightful advice and Deborah Angel is super organised and able to see the big issues and plot a path around them'

'Deborah Angel is an excellent corporate lawyer with great insight and an excellent grasp of all relevant issues'

Key Clients

DW Reporting

Enigma Code (DOOH.com)

Encore Tickets

Arrow Mobile Communications

Dealflo

PrivateFly

Primesight

HZO

Kimble Applications

Gravity Thinking

Work highlights

  • Acting for the shareholders of DW Reporting and its Canadian subsidiary on their sale of shares to BigHand for £12m.
  • Acting for DOOH.com, the digital experience agency, in the sale of 25% of the company to WPP (Kinetic division).
  • Acting for Encore Tickets Limited on its acquisition of Box Office Tickets.
  • Acting for the shareholders of Dealflo, a venture-backed business, on its sale to NASDAQ-listed Vasco, for £54.5m.
  • Acting for PrivateFly and its principal shareholders on the sale of the company to DirectionalAviation’s OneSky portfolio of companies.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 5

Kemp Little LLP

Led by Charles Claisse, Kemp Little LLP has a strong following among investors and management teams in the technology and digital media space in relation to private equity and growth/venture capital mandates. By dint of the firm's overarching sectoral focus on work in the space, it is able to provide very 'knowledgeable and appropriate advice' across niche areas including big data, fintech, edtech, AI and robotics. Although the firm is active across the investment lifecycle, it has recently handled numerous exits including for the shareholders of venture-backed business Dealflo on its sale to NASDAQ-listed Vasco.

Practice head(s):Charles Claisse

Other key lawyers:Andy Moseby; Glafkos Tombolis; Deborah Angel; Adam Kuan

Testimonials

Charles Claisse is an excellent technical lawyer who goes the extra mile for his clients.

Key Clients

Primesight

Dealflo

Quantexa

Kimble Applications

Arrow MobileCommunications

Visulytix

Four Seasons Ventures

CloudBanter

Work highlights

  • Advising the management team of Primesight Limited on its sale to Global Media, the owner of Capital, LBC and Classic FM radio stations.
  • Acting for the shareholders of Dealflo on its sale to NASDAQ-listed Vasco.
  • Acting for Quantexa, a data analytics company, on its Series B investment.
  • Acting for Visulytix Limited – a provider of AI systems which augment the workflows of clinical decision-makers – on its Series A fundraising and subsequent  follow-on investment.
  • Advising Kimble Applications, the global leader in professional services automation, on the sale of a significant shareholding to Accel-KKR, a leading Silicon Valley technology-focused investment firm.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 2

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP specialises in online and mobile gambling, providing advice on the development of micro-payments and premium rate services, in-app purchases and digital currencies, as well as on software development and licensing. The practice also advises on regulated financial services, including spread bets and advice on the payment services arrangements that underpin the gambling industry. Promotional competitions and prize draws are another area of expertise. Practice head Susan Biddle focuses on gambling regulated by the Gambling Commission.

Practice head(s):Susan Biddle

Testimonials

The practice is unique in the sense that it makes a large quantity of standard help available without charging for it. Additionally, there is always someone available who has deep knowledge of the particular case

The team stands out with its breath of knowledge, both historical and current, its personal approach and its understanding of the client market

Key Clients

Gamblewise

Property Prizes Limited

SKW Schwarz for Hugo Boss

Work highlights

  • Advised Gamblewise on commercial contracts and data protection in relation to a mobile product to help gamblers control the time spent on gambling
  • Advising Property Prizes on the structuring, operation and promotion of its proposed skill competitions that offer a series of residential properties as prizes
  • Advised lawyers of SKW Schwarz in relation to several promotional campaigns for the benefit of SKW Schwarz’ client Hugo Boss
  • Advised a gambling software company on issues relating to the development of technology
  • Advised an advertisement company on the appropriate promotional mechanisms and legal aspects of competition

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 6

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP's employment group advises both employers and senior executives - with a particular focus on the technology, digital media and financial services sectors - on gig economy matters, complex outsourcing arrangements, data protection issues, TUPE, as well as a wide ambit of contentious matters, including claims relating to race discrimination, unfair dismissals, sexual assault and whistleblowing. Practice head David Williams advises clients including financial institutions and digital media agencies on all aspects of business purchases, sales and mergers.

Practice head(s):David Williams

Key Clients

Qantas Airways

Chanel

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

Trainline

Seiko

Genpact

Cengage Learning

Alpha Bank

Equal Experts

The Mill

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 4

Kemp Little LLP

Newly promoted partner Anita Bapat leads the practice at Kemp Little LLP following Nicola Fulford’s departure to Hogan Lovells International LLP; Bapat is particularly noted for her data protection compliance expertise and also handles employee and customer data issues, marketing work, data breaches and ecommerce mandates. The group’s client base encompasses clients from the advertising, financial services, fashion and property sectors; key examples include Knight Frank, Lloyd’s of London and Dentsu Aegis Network. The team also utilises other departments in the firm including commercial technology partners and the employment group.

Practice head(s):Anita Bapat

Testimonials

'The key difference Kemp Little brings to the table is a firmly pragmatic and solution-focused view and a young vibrant outlook. Kemp Little lawyers are typically more approachable than their contemporaries, and more engaging, which really helps when sticking them in front of key business stakeholders.'

'Anita Bapat has a very approachable and engaging manner. She has an extensive knowledge of data protection issues and is able to bring that to bear in providing thoroughly pragmatic, practical advice. Clients go to Anita when they have a problem no one else can fix. Her knowledge of wider areas of law is excellent, as is her ability to tailor her advice to the client's risk appetite.'

Key Clients

Dentsu Aegis Network

Knight Frank

Farfetch

Lloyd’s of London

Princess Yachts

Work highlights

  • Advising Dentsu on privacy and data-related matters including GDPR and e-privacy law compliance, data processor obligations and data-transfer strategies.
  • Assisting Knight Frank LLP with a variety of data protection matters including drafting and updating privacy notices, a GDPR project plan and readiness assessment, and data processing agreements.
  • Acting for Farfetch on its global data protection compliance.
  • Advising Lloyd's of London on multiple complex data subject access requests.
  • Assisting Princess Yachts with its GDPR compliance project.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 1

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP's traditionally technology driven fintech practice continues to grow its financial services regulatory offering, most recently with the addition of John Drabble as a senior financial regulatory compliance consultant. The group acts in a full-service capacity for a wide range of start-ups and large-scale fintech companies, including payment service providers, insurtech providers, open banking innovators and cryptocurrency exchanges; it has also been instructed by large financial institutions. IT practice head Chris Hill, who is a leading voice on mobile payments and open banking, acts for a variety of fintech clients, where he specialises in advising on the various elements of fintech contracting, such as software, cloud computing, IP licensing and AI. Jacob Ghanty (head of the financial regulation team) focuses predominantly on payments law, an area in which he advises clients ranging from crowdfunding platforms to large incumbent banks. The team boasts further expertise working with clients on white labelling and distribution deals for regulated services. In a recent highlight Hill and recent joiner Anita Bapat advised Flux on its successful application to the FCA to become the first ever regulated account information service provider.

Practice head(s):Chris Hill

Other key lawyers:John Drabble; Jacob Ghanty

Testimonials

"Kemp Little has a team genuinely focused on the fintech area; their lawyers not only have relevant legal expertise but extensive practical experience as well." 

"Very understanding of our specific business and legal requirements, Kemp Little have partnered with us in contract negotiations and helped find practical solutions when necessary."  

"Chris Hill has great knowledge of complex matters not only from a legal standpoint but also from a technical and operational perspective."

"Chris Hill is an excellent technical lawyer who understands the need to focus on detail but also has an excellent knowledge of IP/IT law and the fintech industry. Chris has a flexible approach and a constructive attitude which makes him a pleasure to deal with." 

Key Clients

Flux

Xero

Nesta

Monese

Openwrks

Lykke

Credit Benchmark

Qlaimstech

Dozens

AxiomHQ

AxeTrading

Plinth

Cube Global

Z-Risk Engine

Work highlights

  • Advising digital receipts and payment data start-up on its relationships with banks and retailers, its regulatory status and its complex data protection issues.
  • Advising participants in a CMA-mandated challenge prize around open banking.
  • Advising various fintech clients on the distribution of their open banking products through partnership agreements
  • Advising neobanks and challenger banks on a range of issues as they grow
  • Advising a highly innovative payments start up on contracts with payment gateways and telcos
Leading individuals

Chris Hill - Kemp Little LLP

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Kemp Little LLP

Technology and digital media boutique Kemp Little LLP is 'technically excellent' and has substantial expertise across the IT and telecoms sector counting industry leading suppliers including Google UK, BT and EE, and high-profile customers as clients. The group has particular experience in fintech, e-commerce and retail matters and also assists transport sector clients with customer facing and operational telecoms matters. Paul Hinton heads up the commercial technology team, while Emma Wright, who is 'the epitome of a trusted adviser', leads the telecoms, infrastructure and cybersecurity practice. Andrew Joint has a particular focus on AI, machine learning, robotic process automation and cloud technologies; Paul O’Hare leads the outsourcing practice, Calum Murray advises on the contractual and regulatory aspects of digital transformation projects, and Vicky Cooper focuses on disputes.

Practice head(s):Paul Hinton; Emma Wright

Other key lawyers:Andrew Joint; Paul O’Hare; Vicky Cooper; Calum Murray;

Testimonials

'Kemp Little has the ability to overlay its advice with long-term strategic analysis is second to none and of huge value.'

'Emma Wright simply 'gets it', and thinks for clients often before they have thought of things themselves.'

Key Clients

BT

Arrow Communications

NetMotion Wireless

Warbler NEE

Pure IP (VOIP Provider)

Warwick Net

Weve

MobileWebAdz

Plusnet

ParkBee Media

Hutchison 3(UK) Limited

Google UK

Accenture

Reckitt Benckiser

Philip Morris International

Deloitte

Farfetch

Principality Building Society

Dentsu Aegis Network

Brainbox Digital

Princess Yachts

Work highlights

  • Advised Philip Morris International on the renegotiation of its multi-year and enterprise-wide Microsoft licensing agreement including dealing with its migration from on-premise to cloud-based services.
  • Assisting Accenture with a range of matters including the negotiation of agreements for software or system integration services and advising on the provision of AI services as part of a data analysis tool.
  • Instructed by Farfetch UK to advise on the contractual arrangements for advertising, logistics and support services, payment systems, CRM technologies, cloud hosting, and email marketing.
  • Instructed by Dentsu Aegis Network to assist with the technology procurement arrangements for global IT projects.
  • Advised healthtech company Visulytix on a range of regulatory and commercial matters relating to medical devices, CE marking and data protection matters.
Leading individuals: IT

Andrew Joint - Kemp Little LLP

Leading individuals: Telecoms

Emma Wright - Kemp Little LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Kemp Little LLP

Technology boutique Kemp Little LLP 'demonstrates outstanding market and sub-sector knowledge' and has the ability to provide 'commercially pragmatic and considered legal advice' in intellectual property matters. The team is noted for its expertise in software and data licence disputes, handling patent strategies for tech businesses, and design disputes. Practice head Paul Garland focuses on complex patent and software disputes, Jeremy Harris specialises in copyright and database right infringements relating to software and data licences, and senior associate Emily Nuttall-Wood is a name to note for trade mark disputes. Litigator Rachael Barber, who has a particular focus on the luxury, fashion and retail sectors,  joined the team from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. Rebecca Halford-Harrison joined Keystone Law.

Practice head(s):Paul Garland

Other key lawyers:Jeremy Harris; Rachael Barber; Emily Nuttall-Wood

Testimonials

'Kemp Little's IP team is highly commercial and truly understands an in-house legal budget.'

'Kemp Little demonstrates outstanding market and sub-sector knowledge, and provides commercially pragmatic and considered legal advice.'

'The lawyers are well-versed in technology and demonstrate innovative approaches to legal coverage and integration with LawTech solutions.'

'Rachael Barber is outstanding and a stellar IP litigator.'

'Outstanding individuals include Paul Hinton, Chris Hill and Rich Folsom.'

Key Clients

Sony Corporation

Jimmy Choo

Ferrari

IKEA

Thomson Reuters

Alexander McQueen

Farfetch

Leaf Group (formerly Demand Media) t/a Saatchi Art

SITA SC and SITA Information Networking Computing UK Limited

Charlotte Tilbury

Work highlights

  • Advised Jimmy Choo on a number of significant design right cases.
  • Acted for luxury beauty brand Charlotte Tilbury in a trade mark infringement and passing off claim against a competitor.
  • Acting for Ferrari on the production of kit cars, which are designed to replicate Ferrari vehicles.
  • Acting for PulseOn in a claim against Garmin involving registered design infringement, UK unregistered design infringement, and copyright infringement issues relating to its heart rate monitor design.
  • Defending Base London against a trade mark claim made by Ferragamo.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 2

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP is 'plugged-in to the TMT sector ' and it stands out for its work at the forefront of emerging technologies, cloud-based services, data distribution, and data security; the team utilises this knowledge for a raft of media sector clients, which includes global media companies and start-ups. The firm also offers M&A, employment, regulatory, IP, dispute resolution and commercial advice to the sector. It is instructed by advertising, marketing, digital broadcast, music, digital publishing, online gambling, gaming, social media and interactive content clients. Advising Dooh.com, the digital experience agency, on the sale of 25% of the company to WPP (Kinetic division) is an example of the firm's experience in the advertising sector. The team is praised for its 'flexible and pragmatic' approach; it is 'focused on helping the client navigate to the outcome that they are looking for'.

Practice head(s):Andy Moseby

Other key lawyers:Calum Murray; Deborah Angel; Rachael Barber; Rupam Davé; Emily Nuttall-Wood

Testimonials

The team takes the time to explain all the options and then makes clear recommendations.

Deborah Angel instils confidence that she has subject matter expertise; she is ultra-responsive, personable and grounded.

Key Clients

AKQA

Thomson Reuters

Turner Broadcasting

Primesight

British Interactive Media Association

Technicolor

BuzzFeed

Ericsson Media

Blippar

Summit Media

Work highlights

  • The team advises Leaf Group in relation to its ongoing use of the SAATCHI brand to advertise and promote The Other Art Fair.
  • Advising Summit Media on a wide range of commercial and IP matters relating to the productisation and licensing in software development for major corporations.
  • Advised Encore Tickets on the acquisition of the entire share capital of Box Office Tickets.
  • Advising The Mill (Facility) on employment matters.
  • Acting for Gamblewise on the establishment of a mobile product to help gamblers control the time they spend gambling.

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London: Transport

Travel
Travel: regulatory and commercial - ranked: tier 2

Kemp Little LLP

With a TMT focus, Kemp Little LLP acts for a number of travel sector clients on regulatory, commercial, technology, IP, employment and corporate instructions. It stands out for its experience covering the contractual and regulatory aspects of digital services and also advises on content and technology development matters.

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